REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                           
                                                                                
                               LAW                                              
                                                                                
             ON THE STATUS OF DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS OF                            
           FOREIGN STATES IN THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
     The Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania,                          
     pursuing  from   the  universally recognized  principles and               
norms of  international law  consolidated in  the united  Nations               
Charter, in  the documents  of the  Conference  on  Security  and               
Cooperation in  Europe, in the 18 April 1961 Vienna Convention on               
Diplomatic Relations,                                                           
     emphasising its  adherence to  the principles  of  sovereign               
equality  of   states,  peaceful   settlement  of   international               
disputes, and  refraining from  the use  of force  or  threat  by               
force, and                                                                      
     expressing  its   conviction  that  granted  privileges  and               
immunities shall condition effective performance of the functions               
of diplomatic missions,                                                         
     has enacted this Law.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article  1.   A  diplomatic   mission  of  a  foreign  state               
(hereafter referred to as diplomatic mission) shall be a division               
of the  foreign affairs  agency of a foreign state functioning in               
the  Republic  of  Lithuania,  representing  the  sending  state,               
protecting in Lithuania the interests of the sending state and of               
its citizens,  and maintaining  official  relations  between  the               
sending and the receiving states.                                               
                                                                                
     Article  2.   For  the   performance  of   their  functions,               
diplomatic missions and their staff in Lithuania shall be granted               
privileges  and  immunities  provided  by  the  18  April  Vienna               
Convention on Diplomatic Relations.                                             
                                                                                
       Article  3. Persons  who have  been granted privileges and               
immunities specified  in Article  2 of  this Law must respect the               
Constitution and laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                             
                                                                                
       Article  4. Upon  receiving the agrement (approval) of the               
Minister of  Foreign Affairs  of the Republic of Lithuania, heads               
of diplomatic  missions,  ambassadors  and  nuncios,  envoys  and               
internuncios shall  be accredited by the President of the Supreme               
council of  the Republic  of Lithuania, and charges d'affaires of               
foreign states   by  the  Minister  of  Foreign  Affairs  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
      The class to which  the heads of diplomatic missions are to               
be assigned  and the  size  of  a  diplomatic  mission  shall  be               
established by bilateral agreements.                                            
                                                                                
       Article  5. The  head of a diplomatic mission of a foreign               
state and  diplomats shall  not  in  the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
practice for  personal  profit  any  professional  or  commercial               
activity.                                                                       
                                                                                
      Article 6. Ambassadors and nuncios, envoys and internuncios               
shall commence  to perform  their functions  by presenting  their               
credentials to  the President  of  the  Supreme  Council  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 7. A diplomatic agent of the sending state may, with               
the consent  of the  Government of  the Republic of Lithuania, be               
accredited at the same time to more than one state.                             
                                                                                
       Article  8. A  diplomatic agent  of a foreign state in the               
Republic of  Lithuania may  be  a  citizen  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania or,  with the consent of the Government of the Republic               
of Lithuania, a citizen of a third state.                                       
                                                                                
       Article  9. Heads  of diplomatic  missions and  diplomatic               
agents, together  with members  of  their  families  shall  enjoy               
inviolability of  person and private residence. The Government of               
the Republic  of Lithuania  shall take  all appropriate  steps to               
ensure their safety.                                                            
                                                                                
       Diplomatic  agents who are not citizens of the Republic of               
Lithuania  shall    enjoy  immunity  from  criminal,  civil,  and               
administrative jurisdiction of the Republic of Lithuania.                       
     Diplomatic  agents   shall   enjoy   immunity   from   civil               
jurisdiction, except  in the cases of the diplomatic agents being               
involved in civil actions in which they are private persons.                    
     Administrative and  technical staff,  and members  of  their               
families, if  they are not citizens of the Republic of Lithuania,               
shall enjoy  equal privileges  and immunities,  except  in  cases               
where  civil   and  administrative  jurisdiction  is  limited  to               
activities relating to their official functions.                                
     The immunity  of the service staff, if they are not citizens               
of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as of diplomatic agents who               
are citizens  of the Republic of Lithuania, shall be limited only               
to the  actions relating  to their  official functions, unless an               
agreement provides otherwise.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article  10.   Diplomatic  agents   and   members   of   the               
administrative and  technical staff,  if they are not citizens of               
the Republic  of Lithuania,  shall be  exempt from  all dues  and               
taxes of  the Republic of Lithuania, both national and municipal,               
except:                                                                         
     1. indirect taxes;                                                         
     2. taxes on private immovable property, unless he holds it                 
on behalf of the sending state for the purposes of the mission;                 
     3. estate, succession, or inheritance duties;                              
     4.  capital   taxes  on   investments  made   in  commercial               
undertakings in the receiving state; and                                        
     5. charges levied for specific services rendered.                          
                                                                                
       Members  of the service staff, if they are not citizens of               
the Republic of Lithuania, shall be exempt from dues and taxes on               
the emolument they receive by reason of their employment.                       
                                                                                
       Article  11. The premises of a diplomatic mission, and the               
property thereon, and the means of transport of the mission shall               
be inviolable.                                                                  
     Government agents of the Republic of Lithuania may enter the               
premises of  a diplomatic  mission only  with the  consent of the               
head of the mission.                                                            
      The archives and documents of a diplomatic mission shall be               
inviolable wherever they may be.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 12.  The premises  of a  diplomatic mission shall be               
exempt from  all national  or municipal dues and taxes other than               
such as  represent payment  for specific  services rendered which               
shall be  levied in  accordance with the order established by the               
Government.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 13.  In accordance  with the laws and regulations of               
the Republic  of Lithuania, the diplomatic mission of the sending               
state shall  be permitted  entry of articles for the official use               
of the mission, and for the personal use of diplomatic agents and               
their family  members. These  articles shall be granted exemption               
from all customs duties.                                                        
     The personal  baggage of  diplomatic agents  shall be exempt               
from inspection,  unless there  are serious grounds for presuming               
that it  contains articles,  the import  and export  of which  is               
prohibited by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania or controlled               
by special regulations.                                                         
     Such inspection may be conducted only in the presence of the               
diplomatic agent or of his authorised representative.                           
                                                                                
     Article 14. Diplomatic missions of foreign states shall be                 
guaranteed, in  accordance with  the  order  established  by  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  the right  to  freely               
communicate with  the government  of the  sending state, and with               
other missions  and consulates  of the  sending state situated in               
third states,  employing for  this  end  all  appropriate  means,               
including messages in cipher, and diplomatic post and couriers.                 
     Diplomatic missions may communicate with institutions of the               
Republic of  Lithuania through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of               
the Republic  of Lithuania  in  the  manner  established  by  the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania,  with the exception of               
transport, communications, health, and police institutions.                     
     The diplomatic  bag carried in the manner established by the               
Government of  the Republic  of Lithuania  may not  be opened  or               
detained.                                                                       
     Having been  granted the  consent of  the Government  of the               
Republic of  Lithuania, a  diplomatic mission may install and use               
radio transmitters.                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 15.  Diplomatic missions  of foreign  states must be               
provided with  premises necessary for the performance of official               
functions, and  with private  staff residences in accordance with               
the procedure established by laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                 
                                                                                
     Article 16. In the cases where an international agreement to               
which the  Republic of  Lithuania is  a party  establishes  norms               
other than  those set  forth  in  this  Law,  the  norms  of  the               
international agreement shall be applicable.                                    
                                                                                
Vytautas Landsbergis                                                            
                                                                                
President                                                                       
Supreme Council                                                                 
Republic of Lithuania                                                           
                                                                                
Vilnius                                                                         
3 October 1991                                                                  
No. I-1857